A Very Human President
by Jack Valenti
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Click here for 20 full quotes from Lyndon Johnson in the book A Very Human President, by Jack Valenti.
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Take civil rights to the country as a moral crusade.
Practiced as ecumenist; detached from any dogma.
Stung by intellectuals, but sincere respect for universities.
Elementary & Secondary Education Act: aid to educate masses.
Goal: 1/2% of GNP for foreign assistance.
As much personal contact as possible with foreign leaders.
Staff rule: Don't touch money; let finance dept. handle it.
Staff rule: Fired for meeting about contract with contractor.
Distaste for wiretapping as V.P. and as President.
Principles & Values|
Persuasion over lunch with press, bankers, or black leaders.
To persuade Congress, persuade their constituencies.
1968: created national public broadcasting system.
Obsessive need for information; fanatic about facts.
LBJ's FBI never wiretapped MLK.
War & Peace|
1965: Vietnam bombing pause to encourage peace talks.
Convince the Viet Cong we cannot be defeated by power.
Balance Vietnam fighting without USA versus risking WWIII.
1968: no run for re-election so Vietnam peace might work.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rent supplements cost less than public housing.
Great Society required business community's support.
The above quotations are from A Very Human President
by Jack Valenti.
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